Penguin Punch Art Tutorial & Birthday Giveaway Winners!

Alright, after fighting with cameras and computers… I finally finished the Penguin Punch art tutorial video!  I swear normally it doesn’t take nearly this much effort to create and share a video but I feel accomplished for showing the technology who is boss.  ha ha!

So, I shared this card last week:

And now, here is how to make these cute penguins at home!

(note–if you are reading this post via email, you may need to click over to the blog to actually view this video)

Now, on to the good stuff!

Birthday Weekend Celebration Winners!!

Thanks to everyone who visited and commented here and on my facebook page!  It was so fun to hear everyone’s favorite holiday traditions, treats, and more.  Smile  Plus it was nice to hear I’m not the only one behind on mailing out Christmas cards!

I did a random draw of everyone who commented on the blog posts and corresponding facebook posts and here are the winners

  • Day 1 – Tag a Bag Accessory Kit & Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details  :  Saundra W
  • Day 2 – Neutral Candy Dots & Brad Bases   :  Audrey R
  • Day 3 – This & That washi tape & Brights Designer Buttons  :  Meredith
    • Day 4 – Designer Paper Sampler  :  Carla B

Congrats to all the winners!  Email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com with where you would like me to send your goodies and I’ll get them out to you this week.

Thanks again for celebrating with me and have a great holiday!

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Birthday Celebration Fun Framed Art

I was going through my projects and pictures I’ve taken of inspirational ideas and I stumbled across this picture of an AWESOME framed stamped art that fellow demonstrator Karen Trelfa created.  She shared this with us at Founder’s Circle and I totally forgot about it.  But wouldn’t this be a cool thing to create?

The cool thing about it is that it uses different random bits that you have around home and in your stamping supplies to create a cool collage effect to help celebrate any holiday or event.

Some of the supplies found in this art:

  • The Alphabet Press embossing folder to make the textured background behind all the punched and decorated squares
  • Most of the squares use squares out of different patterns from the Birthday Basics designer paper
  • Stamped images from different sets including: Sketched Birthdays, Flower Shop, Sweets for the Sweet, A Fitting Occasion, and Label Love
  • The Cupcake Punch
  • Marina Mist 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon
  • Glimmer Brads
  • And misc cardstock and ink

But I just think the look of all the different layered elements just looks so cool!  What do you think?

Last Day of Giveaways for the Birthday Celebrations!

I have been having so much fun sharing ideas and sharing some of my scrappy stash with all of you over the last few days!  Thank you for joining the fun with me!  For my last day of

Northwest Stamper Birthday Weekend Giveaway – Day 4

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For the last day, I’m giving away a sampler of all the papers in the current Annual catalog!  You’ll get 78 6×6 sheets of double sided cardstock.  This is a fun way to get to see in person all the different designs and have enough to make multiple cards or projects from each sheet.

Enter to win today’s giveaway by any combination of the following:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post sharing what is your favorite type of project to create!
  • Visit my facebook page and leave a comment today’s card post sharing if you sent out Christmas cards this year or if you were like me and have waited until the very last minute. Smile
    While you are there, don’t forget to make sure you’ve liked my page and are getting notifications to ensure you catch all the fun!
  • Place an order online or by emailing me at jennifer@nwstamper.com and get 2 extra entries

Good luck!  I’ll be drawing all the winners tomorrow morning and announcing them here on the blog!

If you want to enter for the prior days, you still have time.  Make sure to visit Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3 here on the blog and over on facebook to get entered.

 

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A Christmas Card from Shelli Gardner!

I can’t believe I almost totally forgot to post this card I received at Founder’s Circle from Shelli Gardner (Stampin’ Up! CEO and her daughter Sara Douglas).  When we were swapping she gave us this card and even signed it on the back with her “bad” hand since she had just been in her horse riding accident and had injured her shoulder.  But I wanted to share it with you now before the holidays completely pass by.

But first, don’t forget about the Birthday Weekend Celebrations!  My birthday was on Wednesday and I’m sharing the presents all week long!  If you haven’t checked out day 1 and day 2, you still have time to get your name in the drawing for each gift since I’ll be drawing names on Sunday morning. 

So check out Shelli’s card and then leave a comment to be entered for today’s giveaway!

So Sophisticated Christmas Card

Shelli is known for her vintage and sophisticated style.  It always makes me laugh to see her on stage and start putting together a card and tell us that it is just a “stamp here”, “spritz there”, add a little fussy cutting, glue this and that, “add a stitch” just so… and you are done!  She makes it look so easy! 

Now, I guess the basic elements of this card are pretty straight forward.

  • Run the embossing folder across the middle of your card front for embossing on only part of your card front.
  • Heat emboss a single stamp (the O Holy Night set) in gold.
  • Cut out your stamped image with a framelit (from Apocathary Accents)
  • Add a Champange Glimmer paper punched star with the Merry Minis punch pack and placed a pearl in the middle (I would recommend using some extra adhesive to help hold it in place on the rough glimmer paper)
  • Spritz the card base with Vanilla Smooch Spritz to add some subtle shimmer to the card

But then you look closer at the top of the card and we start to get a little fancier!  : )

It looks like she took some of the Modern Medley designer paper and accordian folded a thin strip to allow them to shape it into a circle to go behind the star (I’m sure glued with hot glue!)

Then took some of the FABULOUS Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon and (I’m guessing with starch spray) crinkle and folded the ribbon to this interesting look.  Add two more paper banners on the right and you are done!

It looks like a really fun card to make…. but one I would make for only a few special people. : )

Birthday Celebrations & Giveaway – Day 3!

Alright, I promised you gifts because birthdays are so much fun and I’m glad I can share mine with you.

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This and That Washi Tape (1 set = 3 rolls of tape)

Brights Designer Buttons

Each day I’ll post a new giveaway and you’ll be able to enter up 3 ways (and yes! you can get multiple entries each day!) each day and I’ll draw names on Sunday.

Enter to win today’s giveaway by any combination of the following:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post sharing whether you scrapbook your holiday pictures or just take and store them. 
  • Visit my facebook page and leave a comment today’s card post sharing what is your favorite holiday treat?
    While you are there, don’t forget to make sure you’ve liked my page and are getting notifications to ensure you catch all the fun!
  • Place an order online or by emailing me at jennifer@nwstamper.com and get 2 extra entries

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Birthday Celebration–Day 2 with Simply Sketched on Vellum

Woo hoo! It’s day 2 of my celebration and I have another card to share with you today.  This is a card that I made for my Fun n’ Crafty demo team swap.  Each month, everyone in my downline is invited to participate in a card swap… sort of like a secret santa – only for cards.  You are given one or more names to send a card to.  You know you will get a card for each one you send, but you don’t know from whom or when in the month it will arrive.  It’s pretty fun!

Anyway, while I was working on samples for my Vellum class, I was inspired to try out heat embossing on the vellum and then coloring in between the embossed lines with some bold marker colors.  Check it out:

I reached for a bunch of supplies that I love but don’t use nearly enough (lets hear it for vellum, candy dots, and core’dinations cardstock!) and started mixing and matching using a simple card design.

I made a couple in this AWESOME Cherry Cobbler colors and then one in the Island Indigo color. 

To make this card, it is simple to do. 

  1. Stamp your image on Vellum cardstock using Versamark ink
  2. Cover with White embossing powder and heat
  3. Color in between the raised embossed lines using a marker
  4. Glue Vellum to the front of your card or designer paper mat using candy dots (if you paper starts curling, you may need to secure the corners with glue dots and then cover with the candy dots)

Oh, and that core’dintations cardstock?  It makes a great textured background and if you grab your handy dandy sanding block, it distresses beautifully and gives it a velvety feel.  (seriously, sand some of this paper and feel it!)

Card Supplies Used

Stamps – Simply Sketched
Ink – Versamark, Chocolate Chip
Papers – Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler or Island Indigo core’dinations cardstock, Vellum cardstock, Soho Subway designer paper
Accessories – Cherry Cobbler or Island Indigo marker, Garden Green marker, White embossing powder, Embossing Buddy, Sanding Block, Neutrals Candy Dots

And we can’t forget!  It’s Day 2 of Birthday Celebrations!

So, today’s presents for the giveaway are a cool combo goodies to make a project like this yourself.  If you haven’t already checked out the CUTE punch art birthday penguins I posted yesterday and entered yesterday’s giveaway, you should!  Then come back and get in on today’s prizes.

Northwest Stamper Birthday Weekend Giveaway – Day 2

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Neutrals Candy Dots

Candy Dot Brad Bases

Each day I’ll post a new giveaway and you’ll be able to enter up 3 ways (and yes! you can get multiple entries each day!) each day and I’ll draw names on Sunday.

Enter to win today’s giveaway by any combination of the following:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post sharing what was the last type of card you’ve made. 
  • Visit my facebook page and leave a comment today’s card post sharing what is your favorite crafting accessory?
    While you are there, don’t forget to make sure you’ve liked my page and are getting notifications to ensure you catch all the fun!
  • Place an order online or by emailing me at jennifer@nwstamper.com and get 2 extra entries

 

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What Do You Get When You Cross an Elephant & a Pinwheel?

What do you get when you cross an elephant and a pinwheel?  A seriously cute summery card, that is what!

Card created by Margaret Hall

This is a card that I received as part of a swap at Leadership earlier this year but with the weather changing, I was feeling the need to celebrate the arrival of spring with a fun card and I thought of this one!

I love how Margaret used paper piecing to give the elephant such a cute look!  Plus the idea of the elephant from Henry Says blowing the pinwheel on a summer day is such a fun idea.  I love the whimsy this pinwheel die gives you but I’m still working on different ways to use it, so I love seeing examples like this.

Blog Candy Winner!

It’s winner time!  I wanted to thank everyone who stopped by my blog last week and left me comments as part of my Sale-a-Bration send off.  It was fun coming up with all the projects and I hope you got some fun ideas as well.

So, after using Random.org, I drew a name and the winner of 50 sheets of 6×6 designer paper is:

imageKelly!

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Kelly says:

March 21, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Great cards. I wasn’t sure I wanted this set at first, but really like it now. My favorite is the chalkboard technique card.

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Thanks again and Kelly, I’ll be getting your paper out to you shortly!

 

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LAST DAY!! Sale-a-Bration Send Off: Pretty Petites

Well, its been a fun couple of weeks and now here we are on the LAST DAY of Sale-a-Bration.

  • So, if you have been thinking of signing up as a demonstrator and getting the extra 25% worth of stamping supplies for free….. check out the perks and then hit the JOIN NOW button on the left to get going!
  • If you have those last couple Sale-a-Bration exclusive stamps or items (like the awesome Sycamore Street ribbon and button pack) that you were meaning to get….. knock some items off your wishlist in the online store and pick out those last chance items!

Did you miss anything?

Click here to download the PDF

Ok, now back to the last Send Off this week – Pretty Petites and the Petite Curly Label Punch!

Pretty Petites

Now, I’m a total sucker for stamp sets that have matching punches.  So when I saw I could get the stamp set AND the punch both free during Sale-a-Bration…. I’ll admit those were my very first items ordered!

Wanna see some of the ideas that I came up with or I was swapped at Leadership?

Psst! Did you notice the ink spots on the lower right corner of the card?  Know where those are from?  It is one of the stamps in the My Paper Pumpkin welcome kit!  Just because those stamps are exclusive to that kit doesn’t mean you can’t use them on other projects, right? Smile

Here is the close up of the stamped images:

And this awesome birthday card I received as a swap from Lisa Althouse.

Cute, right?

So, now I’ve highlighted Petite Pairs, Vintage Verses, Madison Avenue, and Bloomin’ Marvelous.  I know I skipped Feelin Sentimental, but I somehow managed to miss getting that set.  But if you want another idea, I loved this one from Lori Reid:

So, you’ve gotten lots of ideas.  Leave me a comment and let me know which set or sets are your favorites?

As I’ve been doing all week, everyone who leaves me a comment will be entered into my blog candy giveaway!

I hope you had a great Sale-a-Bration and got all the goodies you were hoping for.


Are you entered?

In addition to the blog candy, there is still time to be entered in my BIG DRAWING!
From free stamps, gift certificates, and more!  Get entered as many times as you want.  Get entries for

  • Every $25 you order by Friday night using hostess code 7BGPE37S (shop online here)
  • Stopping by my Sale-a-Bration send off party on Friday
  • 5x the entries when you let me know you want to host a private party or class!  I even do long distance parties!

Check out this post for all the details!


PS – if you made it this far, be sure to check back tomorrow when a fun new product is being announced from Stampin’ Up!  I’m super excited to share as soon as I can!

 

 

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See what you can get FREE with every $50 you spend

Don’t miss your chance!  Get your choice $156 worth of products for only $99 when you join my Fun n’ Crafty group of demonstrators by March 22nd!

Sale-a-Bration Send Off: Madison Avenue!

Ready for day 3 of the Sale-a-Bration send off?  Today is a stamp set that I’ll admit, is not one of the first stamp sets I gravitated towards, but turns out you can do some really fun stuff with….

I’m talking about Madison Avenue!

Madison Avenue Stamp Set

Of course you can get this stamp set free with any $50 order, but did you know you can also get it free on top of your earned sets with an order?  YUP!

Just because it is easy to miss, I just wanted to make sure everyone knew that you can get:

Sycamore Street Bundle

Madison Ave Stamp Set

Madison Avenue Stamp Set
+ Sycamore Street Designer Paperimage + Sycamore Street Designer Ribbon & Buttons

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Get these all for free with a $400+ order or party order!
That is on top of the Sale-a-Bration sets you earn free with every $50 you order.

 

Ok, so now, on to the fun stuff!

How about some ideas for what you can do with this set (and that cute paper too!)

I also have a Quick Spring Treat Bag that I shared on a prior post if you are looking for even more ideas.

So what do you think of this set?

Am I the only one who didn’t pick this set first or is it one of those sets that needs some imagination to get going?  Have you seen other fun ideas with it?

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think, plus be entered for Blog Candy!

 


Are you entered?

In addition to the blog candy, there is still time to be entered in my BIG DRAWING!
From free stamps, gift certificates, and more!  Get entered as many times as you want.  Get entries for

  • Every $25 you order by Friday night using hostess code 7BGPE37S  (shop online here)
  • Stopping by my Sale-a-Bration send off party on Friday
  • 5x the entries when you let me know you want to host a private party or class!  I even do long distance parties!

Check out this post for all the details!


To Order Stampin’ Up! Products Anytime, click here!

See what you can get FREE with every $50 you spend

Don’t miss your chance!  Get your choice $156 worth of products for only $99 when you join my Fun n’ Crafty group of demonstrators by March 22nd!